Cutter Fir to return to homeport after deployment in support of Deepwater Horizon

Coast Guard Cutter Fir

USCG file photo

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, returns to homeport in Astoria, Ore., after a four-month deployment in support of Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.

Fir is scheduled to return to Coast Guard Base Tongue Point in Astoria, Friday, 1:30 p.m.

Fir was one of eight 225-foot buoy tenders to participate in Deepwater Horizon operations along with dozens of other Coast Guard cutters from the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts.

Highlights of the Fir’s voyage include:

* traveling more than 12,000 miles, including two transits through the Panama Canal.
* conducting maritime law enforcement operations while in the Gulf of Mexico.
* conducting operations until after the final “bottom kill” was completed.

Fir is a multi-mission buoy tender with 52 crewmembers. It services 152 aids to navigation on the river bars of the Washington and Oregon coasts, and conducts law enforcement operations throughout the North Pacific.

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